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OPM Commissions Free Schools In Rukpokwu

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As part of its calling and vision, the General Overseer (G.O) of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere has commissioned the sixth of its Free Schools in Rukpokwu, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Speaking during the official commissioning of the free nursery, primary and adult education centre, Apostle Chinyere stated that his mission on earth would only be completed, the day he no longer sees school children wandering, hawking and roaming the streets of Port Harcourt and society during school hours.
He frowned at the increasingly high rate of children seen on the streets of Port Harcourt instead of been in schools due to the inability of their parents to send them to schools to be hawking just to help their parents.
He stated that beyond the call of spreading the gospel, he was also called into social works as did Jesus Christ in Matthew 14: 13-21, adding that when Jesus Christ came to spread the gospel, the people were hungry, “He fed them as well with physical food”, he said.
The man of God hinted that the church after driving through the Harold Wilson Drive in Town axis of Port Harcourt, he saw these less privileged and down-trodden children of school age on the streets during school hours, and as part of its practice, the church swung into action to purchase a bank building on that street for another free school centre that would be commissioned next month.
He stated that this was the only way these children could be given new lease of life thereby turning them to be good ambassadors of Rivers State and the country at large.
Speaking also, the Head Divine Distributor, Chief Matt Offeh praised the pastor for always putting the less privileged first in all his dealings, adding that his works would standout and speak for him if not on earth, but in heaven.
He stressed that at OPM, there was no social stratification on the basis of class or status, adding that church offerings are ploughed into helping the less privileged and translates into gifts, life, free education, shelter, free restaurants and skills training.
Also speaking, the welfare Director of the OPM Free Schools, Mrs Maureen Chukwu appealed to Rivers State government, Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, and the youth leaders to call the Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Council’s tax collectors to order from demanding the free schools to pay taxes, adding that the church was impacting positively to the lives of these children and society without collecting a dine from these children’s parents.
Speaking also, one of the down trodden less privileged graduands, picked and brushed by OPM Free Nursery, Primary School and presently been sponsored by OPM at the Federal Government College (FGC), Port Harcourt recounted his ordeal as a little child growing up, very intelligent and wished to go to school, but his parents couldn’t afford the cost of sending him to school.

 

Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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NDLEA Intercepts 100,000 Bottles Of Codeine Syrup At Onne Port

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), has intercepted and seized no fewer than 100,000 bottles of codeine syrup with a total weight of 15,325 kgs at the Onne seaport, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a statement issued at the weekend in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the 100mg illicit cough syrup with codeine packed in 500 cartons and concealed in a container marked MRKU 1565305, bearing made in India imported face masks, was discovered on Thursday, 10th June.
The syrup was found in a warehouse at the Onne port complex during a joint examination by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS) State Security Service and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), among others, he added.
He said that the seizure followed intelligence received by the NDLEA, as a result of which the container was detained and moved to the Customs’ government warehouse within the port complex.
The NDLEA spokesman added that no importer or agent had, however, come forward to claim the container, but that efforts were ongoing to track the owner for further investigation and prosecution.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, (NDLEA) retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as hailing the synergy between various government agencies at the Onne port.
He charged them not to rest on their oars as they continued working hard daily, to keep Nigeria safe.
In particular, he commended the Commander, officers and men of the Port Command in the Rivers capital, and their Abuja airport Command counterparts, for their vigilance and commitment to the task of ridding Nigeria of illicit drugs.
“The damage 100,000 bottles of codeine could have done to our youths, if they had slipped through the port to our villages, towns and cities, is unimaginable. 146.95 kgs of khat could have done the same damage if allowed to go unto our streets.
“We’ll continue to motivate our officers and men so that they can give their best in the discharge of their responsibilities across the country,” he said
“We will ultimately, with the support of all our stakeholders and partners, win the battle against illicit drug trafficking and abuse”, he said.

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21st Century Business: Company Harps On Digital, Smart Office Technology

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The General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Xerox H.S. Nigeria Limited, Mr Femi Abidoye, has stressed the need for digital printing press as well as Smart Office operations in order to adjust properly in the 21st century office documentation system.
Abidoye, said this during the company’s business exhibition titled “ Digital Printing Press, Smart Office Technology Products And Electronic Document  Management System ‘EDMS’ held in Port Harcourt recently.
He noted that the company has made the issue of work from home a reality.
According to him, the Covid-19 pandemic had actually challenged the people on the need to consider work from home a better business option, which he said the company was handy to provide solution.
The Xerox’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, further said that his company has been in the forefront of sermonising against analogue system to the digital system.

By: King Onunwor

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Finima Seeks Host Community Rights From NLNG

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Finima community has decried neglect and poor corporate social responsibility by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG), insisting that the gas multinational has failed to recognise them as host community.
The protest staged by the community was peaceful until some youths alleged to be from Bonny  attacked the protesters, unleashing violence and vandalising properties worth millions of naira in the area.
As at the time of writing the report, nine persons were wounded in the attack and were hospitalised.
Speaking on why the community held the protest, an elder of Finima Community, Mr Dagogo Lambeth Brown said for over 30 years the community was relocated for the LNG plant in  the early 90s, the community had been sided in terms of hosting rights.
Brown stated that despite having signed an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with the community, NLNG has reneged on what he called legacy issues. Some of the legacy issues include resettlement of indigenes from their ancestral land now used as site for NLNG, environmental, health, education and employment.
He said, “as at today there is nothing to show for hosting LNG on our land…even we have internally displaced persons in Finima.”
Woman Leader in the community, Mrs.Victoria Brown recalled that the community gave land to the federal government to build the multinational gas firm but today the firm has failed to honour and rexognise their host.
Another community woman leader, Mrs Kabaka Brown said many youths are not employed as part of the MOU.
“ We have master and doctoral degree holders who have no jobs. The jobs they give us is cleaners and security men,” she said.
On his part, Youth Leader and former Chairman of FinimaYouth , Ala Hart decried that NLNG has made billions from it soil while the community suffers.
Mr. Hart explained that the major issues of contention forms part of the Community Content Guidelines, which NLNG do not implement.
He noted that the Community Content Guidelines is part of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board established by law.
The guidelines covers employment, environment, health and general welfare of host communities which the gas giant does not implement.
Reacting to the development, the NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi- Williams  said the multinational gas firm had always considered all stakeholders in the community  as partners.
“ NLNG remains full committed to sustainable development in the kingdom, hinged on active community participation to drive initiatives and projects that positively impact the lives of the community,” he added.

By: Kevin Nengia

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